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Exercise Could be Good for Testosterone Levels

Exercise Could be Good for Testosterone LevelsScientists may have found a link between the amount of exercise a man gets and his testosterone levels.

Men who exercise more might be at reduced risk for testosterone deficiency, researchers reported last May at the American Urological Association’s 2020 Virtual Experience press conference.

Low testosterone can be a serious health issue for men. When levels of this hormone decline, they might feel weak, moody, and fatigued. They might also start having trouble with erections and low sexual desire.

The study included data from 7,597 men between the ages of 18 and 80. All of the men were participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2011 and 2016. NHANES is a series of studies that focuses on the health of people in the United States.

The men answered questions about their physical activity and had their testosterone levels measured.

Physical activity was evaluated based on the recommendations of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (PAGAC). Activity was categorized according to metabolic equivalents (METs). The amount of energy a person exerts while at rest is valued at one MET. Brisk walking equals about 5 METs. Running at 7 mph is about 11.5 METs.

The PAGAC recommends that most Americans spend between 500 and 1,000 MET minutes on exercise each week.

The men in the study were divided into three groups depending on their activity level. About 9% of them got the recommended amount of exercise. Almost 59% exceeded the recommended amount, and 32% got less than the recommended amount.

Overall, 29% of the men had low testosterone levels.

After further analysis, the authors found that men who got more exercise than recommended had a “significantly decreased likelihood” of low testosterone compared to men who did not get recommended amounts.

More research is needed, the scientists said, as the results need to be confirmed. However, they added that “these data provide a basis for counseling patients regarding the positive association between exercise and [testosterone levels].”


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(October 21, 2019)

The Journal of Urology

Fantus, Richard, et al.

“The Association Between Exercise and Serum Testosterone Among Men in the United States”

(Abstract PD25-03. Presented May 15, 2020 at the American Urological Association’s 2020 Virtual Experience press conference)

Renal and Urology News

Charnow, Jody

“Testosterone Levels Falling in Young Men”

(May 17, 2020)

Urology Times

Kahl, Kristie L.

“Exceeding exercise guidelines may reduce likelihood of low T in men”

(May 27, 2020)